Live At The Hopper House

by Neil Alexander

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Impressions 17:01
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Evidence 16:36
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This trio first performed at a small club in Newburgh NY in 2019. Plans for subsequent performances were shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 (still going on as of this writing). Since performances had become all but non-existent, I began to experiment in the studio. One of thee experiments was called "Requiem", an entirely improvised track, built one layer at a time. Starting with the keyboards, my intention was to have Bob improvise the second track. Upon completion, it became apparent that a 3rd track was necessary, and Chris Pasin layered his improvised track on top, seemingly effortlessly. (Watch the Requiem video on youtube: youtu.be/B8c3l0iKGwg).
In August (among a surprising flurry of activity) we were invited by Jazz in the Garden to perform in their limited 2020 series, and graciously accepted.
The 3 Jazz Standards (and one fusion classic) offered here were used as "jumping off points" to get into our extended improvisations. This also helped draw in the listeners, (some of whom were expecting a more traditional jazz performance). Guitarist Joel Newton, a well known regular on the Nyack scene, was invited to sit in with us, seamlessly melding with the vibe of the performance, and Bob captured the whole thing on a Zoom Q8 portable recorder.
We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to perform during this time, and I'm proud to bring you the entire 100 minute mastered performance. Special thanks music be given to Bert & Chris Hughes, the Edward Hopper House Staff, Joel Newton, the audience (a surprising turnout which included many friends and musicians, some of whom hadn't performed in months) and of course Chris Pasin and Bob Meyer.
We'll see you on the other side of all this...

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released November 6, 2020

Recorded Live at the "Jazz In The Garden" series at the Edward Hopper House, Nyack NY October 1st 2020
Live Recording by Bob Meyer
Mastering by Neil Alexander

Neil Alexander - Keyboards & Synthesizers
Chris Pasin - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Bob Meyer - Drums & Cymbals
Joel Newton - Electric Guitar (track 5)

"Pandemic Permutations" Composed by Neil Alexander / Meate Dream Music BMI, Chris Pasin / Sleepy Hollow Lake Publishing BMI and Bob Meyer.

"Impressions" composed by John Coltrane/Jowcol Music Inc.
"My One And Only Love" composed by Guy Wood & Robert Mellin / Sherwin Music
"Evidence" composed by Thelonius Monk / Thelonious Music Corp
"In A Silent Way" composed by Joe Zawinul / Mulatto Music BMI

Special thanks to The Edward Hopper House and Bert Hughes & the "Jazz In The Garden" Series.
Cover Art by Neil Alexander
©2020 Neil Alexander/Meate Dream Music B.M.I.

Chris Pasin uses Warburton Mouthpieces
Bob Meyer plays Istambul Agop cymbals, Aquarian drum heads and Rich Sticks

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Neil Alexander Newburgh

“All music is crossover”. I'm Neil Alexander, a pianist, synthesist and composer from Newburgh, NY. I've played thousands of gigs in every style in 30+ years of making music, & have had ample opportunity to see where different styles intersect and how music crosses over. My music ranges from hi energy jams to greasy funk; sweet ballads, ambient electronica, drum 'n' bass & more. Have a listen. :) ... more

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